I don’t have any point form facts to illustrate how you can call Satan’s bluff, but I can speak from my own little experience and faith.
Know that Satan Exists
I can’t stress this point much more. One of the biggest deceives Satan has ever pulled is convincing the world he never exists. Ironically many people know this phrase, but few realize how deep this meaning is.
Knowing that he exists creates an initial awareness, and this awareness is extremely important in the first step.
Know that Satan can’t make you do things
Satan can only tempt, he can only suggest, that’s all he can do. Why most people end up doing sinful things is simply because they allow themselves to take an action that has been suggested by satan. Satan tempted Jesus but yet he couldn’t “control” him physically. He couldn’t push him down the cliff etc.
If your faith in Christ is strong, you can always shrug this off. That’s why it’s important to ask God’s spirit to dwell in you. The Holy Spirit helps you discern what’s right and wrong…yes I know for a fact all of us know stealing and cheating on your girlfriend is wrong, but at that moment, your human reasoning and judgement somewhat gets jammed and that’s why when temptation arises, we need to switch to Holy Spirit mode.
Read the Word
Reading truthful scriptures is probably one of the strongest “medicine” to counter the devil. I was just reading Jesus’ encounter with Satan during His 40 days in the desert and I noticed he rebuked satan with scripture. He didn’t tell Satan to go away at the first attempt. He always began his counter-arguments with “it is written”… i.e referring to the Holy Book.
You see when you use God’s word against Satan, he becomes mute and leaves you. Yes you may have heard cases where people use God’s word against Satan during trials and temptations, but I honestly think that’s because Satan knows that these Christians are not strong in the faith; that they’re merely quoting scripture for the sake of quoting. There is doubt in their minds and Satan leverages on that. I know this, simply because I’ve done it before. You need to believe wholeheartedly and with strong conviction that the God’s word is the absolute truth.
While they are many truths in the bible that addresses this issue, I just want to highlight a scripture verse which I think is important:
….and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it…” 1: Cor 10:13
There are 3 significant meanings in this one sentence. First, God is faithful, and because he is faithful he will not allow you to be tempted beyond your temptation limits and third, he has an escape route for you.
So if God does not allow us to be tempted beyond our limits, why do we sin then? Well that’s because we fall prey to Satan’s lies.
There’s no harm checking out that hot waitress
You’re just gonna steal this once, so why fret over it?
These are all common suggestions that Satan puts in our heads and we just fall for them flat. If we have enough faith in Him who is the truth, such thoughts would just hit a brick wall 😉 and to top it off, there’s an escape route for you! Mine is always to start singing a praise song, or just read a book to clear it off. Sometimes I also pray. A word of caution when you pray though; do not pray to ask God to deliver you cuz I find it than more often than ever, your mind starts thinking about it again and this time the urge becomes stronger! So just say a general prayer, or just sit quietly with the Lord and just blank your mind. Don’t worry, God knows how to calm a sea ;), he’ll know how to calm your heart without you needing to ask for it.
There are more scripture verses on temptation here
Choose your friends wisely
The bible mentions many times that we need the support of the people around us to help us journey through our life in faith. That’s why it’s very very important you choose with who you mingle with.
I’ve learnt this the hard way. It’s not that I did not have any chrisitan friends or anything like that, but I just hung out with people who looked normal, friendly, easy-going and helpful on the outside and later on, as you get more acquainted with them, you start finding out how they think and how they view life, and by then, there will be a chance that you might compromise your beliefs just to “fit in”. I did that during my student days and honestly, I didn’t know what I was thinking.
So choose your friends wisely. Be with those who can have a positive impact in your life and those who walk with faith. I can’t stress this enough, but it’s really crucial especially we younger folks to have a circle of friends that believes in God and have faith in Him.